Message from the College of Medicine dean
To recognize and celebrate the College of Medicine fall 2020 graduates, Dr. Preston Smith (MD) recorded the following graduation video. A written version of his address is below.
Hello and congratulations to everyone graduating at Fall 2020 Convocation!
For all our Master of Physical Therapy and grad studies graduates, I share the following words: on behalf of the College of Medicine, we are incredibly proud of you! We’re proud of your commitment and hard work to get to this day. We’re proud of your resilience, as our world shifted so suddenly this past year.
I, and everyone at our college, wish you well as you begin this next phase of your life.
Know that your important roles in healthcare and science are highly valued. You’re society and your communities need you. Remember: though you graduate today, you are on a path of lifelong learning. Value and learn from your colleagues, friends and loved ones. Value the challenges you find in front of you – each will help prepare you for all that follows.
Finally, thank you for being what the world needs: as physical therapists, improving and maintaining physical mobility, independence, health and well-being. As graduate students of health-based science, discovering and sharing knowledge that improves human lives. Your college wants the best for you in the days ahead, and always.
Stay well, and stay in touch.
Message from the associate dean of the School of Rehabilitation Science
To recognize and celebrate School of Rehabilitation Science graduates, Dr. Teresa Paslawski (PhD), recorded the following graduation video. A written version of her address is below.
Hello to all physical therapy students graduating at Fall Convocation 2020.
Congratulations on this admirable achievement! And a sincere thank you to you and all of the people who have supported you to get you to this point—we at the School are proud of your commitment and of your accomplishments.
You have worked hard to get to this point and you’ve earned this moment. Know that you are leaving the School with a high-quality education that sets you up for what we truly hope will be a satisfying and successful career.
Graduating in this environment—in the midst of a pandemic—shows resilience, and the capacity to respond to significant change. This bodes well for you and also for the profession. I am confident that the future of Physical Therapy is in good hands.
The world needs physical therapists, and all of you have a role to play. You are in a distinctive position to help others improve the quality of their lives.
It’s an honour and privilege to work with our clients, and truly rewarding to assist them in their rehabilitation. You will be on the frontline of helping people overcome injury and pain, and you’ll play a pivotal role in helping them participate as fully as possible in their lives and their communities. To that end, I encourage you to embrace lifelong learning, because the better you are the more good you will do.
As you are helping others to take care of themselves, please remember to take care of yourselves. Make time for friends, family and loved ones and don’t be afraid to reach out for your own healthy and well-being.
Finally, while you’re graduating from the program, I hope you always feel a connection to the School as you’re now a member of an impressive group of alumni who have made significant contributions to their communities and to the profession. I look forward to seeing you carry on that tradition.
Celebrate this day, and this occasion—you have earned it.
Congratulations, and all the very best to you.